ERIC Number: ED219327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Nuclear Power in the Classroom: A Union of Science and Social Studies Education.
Shillenn, James K.; Vincenti, John R.
This paper examines issues that K-12 science and social studies teachers need to keep in mind when teaching about nuclear power. The information needs to be presented in as objective a manner as possible. Science needs to become more social oriented. Team teaching should be encouraged. Elementary and secondary inservice teacher education is needed. When designing a class about nuclear energy, teachers need to be aware that accuracy of informational content needs to be considered from two perspectives. These perspectives are the correctness of the information and the intellectual honesty with which this information is presented. Teachers should also know the major issues surrounding the nuclear debate and some of the arguments on both sides of the issues so that information and activities can focus on these major points. The paper examines six of these major issues and discusses what nuclear advocates and adversaries say concerning them. The issues are nuclear safety, health impact, nuclear waste management, economics of nuclear power, the need for nuclear power, and nuclear proliferation. In developing a strategy for presenting these nuclear issues in the classroom, there are a variety of available resources that the classroom teacher can use. The paper does not describe the resources. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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